30 August 2014
The MFV Sikelela vessel, a local chokka fishing boat, ran aground at the entrance of Port St Francis on Wednesday, 27th August 2014, at around 7.30am. The boat lost engine power as it entered the harbour and was swept onto the rocks as a result of breaking swells of 5 meters and a 10 to 15 knot westerly wind. 13 fishermen were pulled to safety but the 14 meter boat had been split in half due to the crashing waves and was leaking diesel into the harbour.
SANCCOB is delighted to announce that a nursery has been successfully constructed at the SANCCOB centre in Table View (Cape Town). The nursery supplements the existing Chick Rearing Unit, opened in September 2011. The extra capacity enables SANCCOB to separate the older penguin chicks from the very young chicks to ensure that their husbandry needs are fully catered for in preparation for release back into the wild. The nursery has also created the much needed additional space to cater for the ever increasing requirement for wild abandoned eggs to be hatched and chicks to be reared. The Chick Rearing Unit has also been upgraded with critical care equipment to facilitate the rearing of the sensitive new hatchlings. The nursery became fully operational mid-July as the first 15 penguin chicks were admitted to the unit.